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Free IELTS practice tests: READING

ACADEMIC READING

The Academic Reading test is 60 minutes long.

Test Parts:
There are 3 sections. The total text length is 2,150-2,750 words.

Each section contains one long text.

Texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been written for a non-specialist audience and are on academic topics of general interest.

Texts are appropriate to, and accessible to, test-takers entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses, or seeking professional registration.

Texts range from descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical.

Texts may contain non-verbal materials, such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations.

If texts contain technical terms, a simple glossary is provided.

Question types
A variety of questions is used, chosen from the following types: multiple choice, identifying information, identifying writer’s views/claims, matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions.

Marking
Each correct answer receives 1 mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.

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IELTS Academic Reading sample tasks

IELTS Reading Answer Sheet

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Identifying writer’s views

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Matching features

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Table completion

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Flow-chart completion (selecting words from text) – Task

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Flow-chart completion (selecting words from text) – Answers

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Identifying information (true/false/not given) – Task

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Identifying information (true/false/not given) – Answers

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Matching headings – Task

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Matching headings – Answers

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Multiple choice (more than one answer) – Task

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Multiple choice (more than one answer) – Answers

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Multiple choice (one answer) – Task

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Multiple choice (one answer) – Answers

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Summary completion (selecting from a list of words or phrases) – Task

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Summary completion (selecting from a list of words or phrases) – Answers

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Summary completion (selecting words from the text) – Task

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Summary completion (selecting words from the text) – Answers

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GENERAL TRAINING READING

The General Training Reading test is 60 minutes long.
There are 3 sections.

Section 1 contains two or three short factual texts, one of which may be a composite (consisting of 6-8 short texts related by topic, eg. hotel advertisements). Topics are relevant to everyday life in an English-speaking country.

Section 2 contains two short factual texts focusing on work-related issues (eg. applying for jobs, company policies, pay and conditions)

Section 3 contains one longer, more complex text on a topic of general interest

Texts are authentic and are taken from notices, advertisements, company handbooks, books, magazines and newspapers.

Question types
A variety of questions are used, chosen from the following types; multiple choice, identifying information, identifying writer’s views/claims, matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions.

Marking
Each correct answer receives 1 mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.

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Downloadable General Training Reading sample tasks

Flow-Chart Completion (PDF, 40KB)

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Identifying Information (PDF, 99KB)

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Matching Information (PDF, 43KB)

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Matching Features (PDF, 32KB)

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Matching Headings (PDF, 31KB)

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Sentence Completion (PDF, 19KB)

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Short Answer Questions (PDF, 18KB)

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IELTS Reading Answer sheet (PDF, 253KB)

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